Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Atlanta Falcons

NFL Rumors & Draft News: QB carousel’s butterfly effect on No. 4 pick

Tony Pauline’s mailbag is back with the latest NFL rumors and draft news. What happens at pick No. 4 in the 2021 NFL Draft?

NFL Rumors & Draft News: QB carousel's butterfly effect on No. 4 pick
Jan. 11, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) throws an incomplete pass on fourth down during the fourth quarter of the College Football Playoff National Championship against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Robertson/The Columbus Dispatch/USA TODAY Network Ncaa Football Cfp National Championship Ohio State Vs Alabama

The NFL offseason is upon us, and it’s time to dive into the mailbag to discuss various topics around the league. Without further ado, let’s talk NFL rumors and 2021 NFL Draft news!

Do you want to submit a question for the mailbag?

Remember, if you have a question you want to send in for next week’s mailbag, you can email it to [email protected] or send a tweet to @PFN365 on Twitter using the hashtag #AskTonyPFN. If so, we may include it in an upcoming mailbag column!

NFL Rumors & Draft News: The Tony Pauline Mailbag (4.8.21)

This week’s installment will cover my 2021 NFL Draft prospect rankings and various questions around draft rumors and items from around the league.

To begin with, QBs are expected to go in the first three picks on Day 1. The “beginning of the draft” spotlight is now firmly on the Atlanta Falcons. What might they do?

NFL rumors and roster-building plans

What is the latest you are hearing on the Atlanta Falcons? And if they do trade down, what team do you expect to be the team moving up to No. 4?

Final draft meetings for teams start taking place next week after the combine medicals, so more information will begin to leak out then.

The trade of Sam Darnold to the Panthers puts the Falcons in a tough spot. Any trade now would likely be outside the top 12, unless it’s with Denver. That means the Falcons would lose out on one of the draft’s premier players. (We spoke about this at length during Wednesday night’s episode of The Draft Insiders podcast).

The new regime will have to decide — do they want a premier player at the top of this year’s draft or a haul of future picks?

If you assume the first four picks of Round 1 are quarterbacks, where does that fifth QB come off the board in the first round now that the Panthers have traded for Sam Darnold? Could it be Denver? Washington? New England?

It could be Denver or a team such as Washington or Chicago trading up for the fifth quarterback.

What do you think the Panthers will do at 8 now that they have their quarterback in Sam Darnold? Which players would be the best fit for them?

We spoke about this at length during Wednesday night’s episode of The Draft Insiders podcast. The Panthers are in a good spot as they can let the draft come to them and get a good player.

Now, indications suggest they will take the best player available: Penei Sewell, Kyle Pitts, one of the receivers, or maybe Patrick Surtain II.

2021 NFL Draft news and rumors

Do you think Kellen Mond can sneak into the first round of the NFL Draft? What teams would be a good fit for Mond’s skill set and development?

There’s been talk about that, but ultimately, it won’t happen.

Atlanta at the top of Round 2, maybe Philadelphia, Detroit, or New England are all good spots for Kellen Mond. He has great upside but needs a bit of time and development before he’ll be NFL-ready.

After Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater, how big of a drop-off in talent is there at offensive tackle?

From what I’m told, the drop-off is not as much as people think. A lot of teams, as well as myself, have Christian Darrisaw rated highly. One team I share opinions with has Darrisaw rated a smidgen below Rashawn Slater.

Is there a good NFL comp for Kyle Pitts? Is he a similar talent to Travis Kelce? And what do you think Pitts’ ceiling is as a professional?

I don’t like comps, but if I have to make one, I believe he’s a faster version of Tony Gonzalez.

Every year there is a late-round or undrafted running back who makes noise as a rookie in the NFL. Who are some of the candidates to be that running back in 2021?

Chris Evans (Michigan), Pooka Williams Jr. (Kansas), Gerrid Doaks (Cincinnati), Deon Jackson (Duke).

A couple of years ago, you mentioned the Buffalo Bills were interested in tight end Jesse James, who remains unsigned.  What’s the latest? Are the Bills close to signing him?

The Bills are interested, but per my sources, they are not close to a contract. It may be a situation where the Bills or another team agree to a deal with James on Day 3 of the draft if they can’t come away with a tight end in Rounds 2-4.

Want more 2021 NFL Draft prospect news? Want to do your own mock draft?

Dive into PFN’s Free NFL Mock Draft Simulator and test your own drafting acumen. Continue to visit Pro Football Network for NFL news and in-depth analysis. Also, be sure to follow us on Twitter (@PFN365) to stay in the loop on all things college football and the NFL Draft landscape.

PFN Mock Draft Simulator

NFL Mock Draft

Arizona Cardinals

With the 2021 NFL Draft just weeks away, what is the latest First Round Mock Draft using Pro Football Network's Mock Draft Simulator?

Trending Articles on PFN

Arizona Cardinals

With the 2021 NFL Draft just weeks away, what is the latest First Round Mock Draft using Pro Football Network's Mock Draft Simulator?


The Steelers want to win another Super Bowl with Ben Roethlisberger. In this 2021 7-Round Steelers Mock Draft, they try to move towards that.

Cleveland Browns

After ending their playoff drought in 2020, Cleveland is ready to compete for more. Can the Browns ascend with this 7-Round 2021 Mock Draft?

Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers traded for former New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold. OVM analysis illuminates if Darnold can rebound from his shaky start.